Yankees set all-time home run record in win over Red Sox

Gleyber Torres scored the New York Yankees’ record-breaking home run. (AFP pic)

BOSTON: Rookie Gleyber Torres hit a record-breaking 265th home run of the season in the fourth inning for the New York Yankees, who recorded an 8-5 victory over the hosting Boston Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

Torres hit the homer by driving a 1-1 fastball from Eduardo Rodríguez into the Boston bullpen above the wall. Torres’ drive broke the previous record set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners, who were led by Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr’s 56 homers.

The rookie second baseman’s drive gave the Yankees a 4-1 lead. It was his 24th and 20th out of the ninth spot in the lineup, giving the Yankees 20 homers out of every slot in the lineup.

Giancarlo Stanton and Greg Bird delivered RBI doubles before Torres homered as the Yankees reached 100 wins for the first time since 2009 and 20th time in team history. Stanton later added his 38th homer leading off the seventh against Steven Wright.

Miguel Andújar added a two-run double in the fifth and set a team record for rookies with his 45th two-base hit. He broke the previous mark set by Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio in 1936 and then hit his 46th double in the ninth.

Austin Romine chipped in an RBI single as the Yankees won for the ninth time in 12 games.

Jackie Bradley Jr had an RBI double in the second, and Andrew Benintendi hit an RBI single in the fourth for Boston. Blake Swihart added a bases-loaded RBI groundout in the eighth, and Brock Holt hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Jonathan Holder.

The Yankees rested Aaron Judge, Gary Sánchez and Luke Voit. They replaced Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks, and Torres midway through the game.

The Red Sox rested Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts and pulled most of their starters after a few plate appearances.